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Round gem with head of Isis

Intaglio. Flat on both sides, with slight inward facet on back. Female head facing right, wearing a headdress shaped like a lotus blossom. Braids or ends of the headdress hang down the back of her neck. The hair on the crown of her head is indicated by a series of straight lines that run...

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Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 1st century B.C.

Accession Number

72.851

Medium or Technique

Sard

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems